Friday | Pre-Game Discussion Thread
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If Bunnies win I'll be as happy as Andrew Johns after the 97 grand final.
Nable definitely touches himself when listening to his playbacks.
Vaughn: “you can’t hate these blokes”
Cuts to Dylan Walker
How are we shorter odds than Manly and Souths?
Manly's bus on the way to the game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vv13GtDqZFY&t
Ahh. Had to take a detour through Logan I see.
Broncos shirt is on, ready to cheer obnoxiously loud whenever Reynolds does anything
Anyone have ashoe in multi?
I can't say who's the better Coach but I'm gonna go out on a limb and say Des has the better hair.
Honestly don’t think anyone can beat Des in that department
Agreed. The Dude's like Lethal Weapon era Mel Gibson. Ridiculous!
>I don't drive a bus mate
Any time you're ready to run a single story on souths channel nine...go ahead?
Cook took more runs than any other hooker in the NRL last year. Ennis is such a shit talker. His problem is teams have worked him out so his line breaking ability barely ever works.
Just checking in from the game 😀
Enjoy mate. Hope the Beer's cold and the lines are short.
Have a cold one for the rest of us in lockdown.
Yup having one right now 🍺
Give manly a boo for me
From me too, it all makes us stronger ;P
I'll do my best but in the supporters bay amongst all the rabbitohs fans 😀
Do the rabbit fans outnumber manly fans in the stadium?
Easily 2 to 1
Is there a limit on capacity?
The expected 22K is quite surprising.
It's actually more like 4 to 1
Name a better duo than panel analysts and “tonight he’s gotta run the footy”.
Every coach only repeats that in halftime apparently. Oh and stop making so many errors.
"he's gotta run when nothing's on"
Shows clips off him running off quick play the balls.
"He can do things no one else can do on teh footy field"
Ennis’s hard on for Tommy got him swearing live on air
Nothing would please me more then Manly putting this pack of grubs to the sword.
Latrell playing 4d chess, caving in manu's face so he can escape the ass raping by turbo.
flair up fucknuts
Make me you weak kunt
Dylan Walker is a bigger grub than anyone in this Rabbitohs team
Make Manly run to the stadium if caught in traffic
How long till they have to forfeit?
Benji on the coke zeros pre game
Anyone know if there's a way to stream the radio commentary in the UK
Can you do it through the NRL app?
Imagine the scenes if Turbo got turned away with a slight fever
Kinda surreal how Bennett casually mentioned yesterday about coaching Des back in the day and how they have a good relationship all these years later.
I thought traffic into Brisbane wasn't as bad on Friday, apart from the customary crash on the M1 in Logan. Heading out to the Coast is normally brutal but heading in ok.
School Hols may have changed that, but normally you are right, but I train it into work form Ipswich.
Ahh right. Fair enough. I used to have to head in from the Goldy but I remember traffic was always way worse the other way.
News Flash : Due to Manly being delayed, Ash Klein gives Eagles 10 point start and fined Souths Trainer $25000.
Gagai due for a big game
If gagai is having a blinder by halftime I propose that we swap Suli to his edge
As much as Gus talks a lot of shit, man can cut a solid promo
Reckon he’d get a run with Vinny Mac?
Any day of the week
This Nable promo is enough to turn a casual fan to the exit door before the first act.
I'm so over hearing his voice this year
Even by his lofty standards, this Matt Nable promo is terrible.
Couldn't they have just got the Metallica version off Napster? (showing my age)
On twitter Manly posted a video of a police escort but deleted it.
Manly aren't actually stuck in traffic they just stopped for some KFC and needed an excuse to be late
So is kickoff 8:20 now or 8:05?
Foxsports says 8:05
Cant split these two. Maybe Souths with the week off will just have too much in the tank for Manly. Its gonna be a belter
I’m hoping the fact that the main squad have only played one game in the last month (skipping the Drags) will give us the edge but yeah I’m nervous as hell
8:05 start is getting up there..
shit lucky tomorrow is saturday, and most people aren't working anyway
Was just told manly is stuck in traffic and the game is delayed by 15 mins?
You reckon thats a good or a bad thing for manly?
Happened to Des and the dogs in 2012 finals.. so good?
I dont know where they were based, but traffic is absolutely cunted tonight. Some pretty significant accidents have mucked up all of the things.
Sunshine I think
Classic Des mind games…
Bennett invokes 1909 precedent and kicks off on time to nobody
5-D chess boyos
That's what I'm thinking
Eww, the train home is full of degenerate Souths fans.
Up the Sea Chickens.
Miley Cyrus pumping out Metallica got me hard as a rock
That whole thing was gross.
I hated that entire project.
drink every time ennis says gotta play footy
prelims boys let’s fucking GOOOOOOO
Turbo will have the 2nd best match of his career tonight… his best will be saved for Sunday week. Manly by plenty.
Spent all day at movie world on the rollercoasters, getting in some practice for this weekend.
Green lantern: 5/10
Bit rough and not long enough.
Pink joker thing: 9/10
That things a fucking beast.
Batman drop thing: 7/10
Not enough pay off for the wait time.
Catwoman in the parade: 10/10
Scooby doo ride still there? Love that thing
Sure is. Wasn't too bad either.
Tonights drinking game will focus primarily on [milking. ](https://i.imgur.com/j8HheZM.jpg)
update us with a review of them
Also [these](https://i.imgur.com/fc0p5W6.jpg) came with the pack
Possible upset? It just has that feeling. 10 year anniversary of the sea eagles last premiership. DCE and foran have been killing it this year with des. Would be cool for uncle benny to win with three different clubs but that is a stretch.
Just finished an 11 hour work day so fucking keen for a great game tonight. Tipped Manly because of that Des stat where he hasn't lost a prelim. Couldn't pick it so went the voodoo magic lol. Souths have the better pack by a fair bit 😬
Souths have a bit of a small back 3 though. Kick long and dominate them in tackles is a legit path to victory for Manly.
Fair. They handled us well though.
Bennett has never lost to Hasler in a finals game
Des has never lost a prelim
One of these is getting broken tonight
That's a lot of hoodoo for a knock out final. I do think Souths have the advantage.
Well you cant lose a prelim if you dont make it there
Time machine pls
Nervous and don’t know what to expect. Hoping Keppie starts and Taupau plays minimal minutes. A lot waging on our forwards and in defence our edges need to be on.
Time machine only takes you to the day after the grand final - would you still take it?
All about the journey! I would take one to 30min before kickoff though
Yeah friday arvos should be great, but I understand this one may be a wee bit tense for you
I'm shitting blue lights, I don't know what I am feeling. If the boys show up and limit errors it should be a cracker of a game.
Looking forward to this. I'm kind of hoping Manly get up because of where they were earlier in the season but wouldn't be dirty if Souths got the win either.
Can you possibly run a player by player comparison and conclude that Manly are a better team?
Definitely not. Basically the only position they're significantly better in is fullback.
But its a pretty monumental difference that is.
EZ. Just top at 1.
This is a tricky one. Manly haven't beaten the other 3 and Souths are looking to break the prelim curse.
My money's on Manly (ewww)
backing manly on this one, Tubro is gonna have the game of his life tonight.
My mind tells me a well rested and oiled Rabbitohs/Storm will beat their opponents.
My heart is torn between so many amazing storylines.
Tommy and his giant dong take Manly from last to a premiership.
Benji Marshall and Wayne Bennett win a premiership in their twilight years.
Panthers get revenge, and earn the right to be arrogant.
Bellamy solidifies his greatness and becomes the Bill Belichick of NRL.
I read this in a Gus Standing Under The Goalposts Before Kickoff voice. Even the bit about Turbo's dick.
"History tells us... That big dicks matter. But has there been any bigger a dick than the one on this young man? Has there ever been a bigger weight on someone's hips?"
Best I can do is Matt Nable "And what about this guys monster dong?!"
"How about the meat and two veg on this bloke?"
Especially that bit.
LETS GOOOOOOO!! fuck how good is finals Footy! How good is being in a prelim! I wanted this game to be the grand final. Dad is a souths supporter so they have always been my second team. I hope the winner of this wins it all. So hopefully no injury or suspensions
Hope your boys win, mate. I'm glad you're stoked for the game. With that said, I always struggled to feel excited before a Roosters prelim. It's always been a feeling of dread that only disappears once we've got to an insurmountable lead.
good luck tonight. ill be rooting for the manly turbos
Manly to win 30-22. Turbomania hits grand final week.
I am loving Hasler's 100% premiliminary final record stat. We are unbeatable..... C'mon boys.( I'm looking at you Sulli).
I can't believe it's footy day. Feels like it hasn't been on for a month.
This week took years fuck
I have this same feeling. Been a long week/month.
I’m going for Manly and Penrith but I’m tipping Souths and Melbourne
I'm playing both sides so I can't lose.
Anyone know of a nice casual place to cop a feed before to game tonight near suncorp? Asking for a friend
Edit: thanks for all the suggestions guys
Hey mate check out Plan B just off Caxton Street!
*cries in nsw*
Miss Kay’s on George Street
Depends how far you want to walk but personally I love having a feed at west end and then just walk over the green bridge. Heaps of good places there.
The new autocorrect feature in I assume iPhones auto changing Souths for south’s makes us all look like illiterates
Let's go Manly. Bird bro's need to back each other.
Manly forever, Souths never 😤😤
Beach bros 4 lyfe
Like Coogee and Maroubra aren't in Souths area...
I am sooo surprised that To'o and Kikau have been cleared. Like so surprised. I had nooo idea that was going to happen.
I just want a Souths vs Storm grand final. Souths being my second favourite team means if they beat us in the big one I’ll be 99% devastated and 1% oh well at least it’s Souths. If it’s any other team catch me on suicide watch
This is exactly how I felt on 2016 with sharks being my second team, it’s a good feeling being able to watch the outcome and know that either way you’ll be happy for the opposition
Same feelings here wish latrell would’ve been playing he’s my second favourite player
wait we’re already at prelims
it was just round 2 and i was in my first ever match thread!!!!
bloody hell time goes quick
gonna finish prepl, put on some music and watch the footy when i’m home. fridays are good
edit: i passed it over a year ago and that’s still registered. haha i’m getting my Ls on monday at 18 ytb
not sure about this 'at 18' crap matey, I got my L's and P's at 30! you're doing way better than I did :D
hahaha, thank you! still feeling a lot of pressure, i imagine it’d grow after that.
Up the gulls!
Up the gulls!!!! am a cowboys fan but gulls are only ones playing now
I just read your edit that's mad haha when I was 18 I saw Wynnum go back2back with Granville! Is your name suggesting your Italian too or you just can't let 06 go haha!
oh that’s awesome! it’s neither i’m afraid, i used to play chess more and sicilian was the opening i was most familiar with. threw it on because chess and shoegaze were basically my life at the time
i will simply pass away if we actually make it to the GF after the start of the season we had
Des has it in him. Remember 2014? He got us to the GF from 7th. Sam Perrett was our FB lol.
given that souths have been training with latrell pretending to be turbo i don't see how manly could possibly win this
maybe if manly swap dylan walker to fullback and throw off souths' game plan but even then idk
When my brother and I played backyard cricket, we had to pretend to be different players. I kept picking Peter Sleep and my brother was Steve Waugh. I don't think I ever got him out.
there’s no way latrell can fully replicate how turbo plays. it would be helpful, but it’s obviously not like he’s a clone all of a sudden and turbos gonna be rendered useless
i dunno about that this training regime seems pretty infallible to me
and [the leaked pictures from souths training camp are intimidating af](https://i.imgur.com/eLI4r3r.jpg), i don't think they're messing around
So assume Wayne goes to take South’s to the big dance and wins, his legacy then and story is magnified right? But if Souths fail to make the GF or lose what does that mean in terms of legacy (given time passed since his last GF win in 2010)? Still a legendary coach granted, and a bit unfair having taken Brisbane to GF in ‘15 (and losing by a point)…
Dude will never not be a legend.
Taking Souths to semi finals is still pretty solid effort so it doesn't have any negative effects on his legacy
He'd have to have a pretty long stretch from now without doing well for us to forget about origin last year
Souths and Manly have met in 13 previous finals, with Souths holding a 9-4 advantage. They have met twice in preliminary finals (1957 and 2013), with Manly winning on both occasions. They have met in 3 other grand final qualifiers (1968, 1970, 1971 major semis), with Souths winning 2. Souths have won 4/6 finals against Manly when they have been the higher side on the ladder.
In the 11 previous years when the sides have met in the finals, the side with the better head to head record (including for and against) has lost 6 of the 10 finals matches (1970 and 2019 were both even). Souths’ record is 3/6. In each of those years, the two sides met twice in the regular season.
Both sides have eliminated the other from the finals twice.
This is the 5th meeting of the two sides outside Sydney and first in Queensland. Each of the first four were at Gosford, and were split 2-2. They did meet at Lang Park in the AMCO Cup in 1978, won by Manly.
Souths have won 4/5 at Suncorp in 2021. They have previously played 4 finals outside Sydney (2 Melbourne, 1 Canberra, 1 Townsville) and lost 3, only winning in Townsville 2 weeks ago. Manly have won also won 4/5 at Suncorp in 2021. They have previously played 6 finals outside Sydney (1 Canberra, 1 Newcastle, 2 Melbourne, 1 Sunshine Coast, 1 Mackay) and lost 5, winning only last week in Mackay. Manly have never lost to a Sydney team at Suncorp Stadium.
Since 2011, 18 of 21 matches between the two teams have been won by the side leading at halftime. Manly have come back twice, including the 2013 preliminary final. The biggest halftime comeback was 8 points in that prelim.
Wayne Bennett has coached in 13 preliminary finals and won 7. He has lost each of the past 3, and 4 of the past 5. He has coached 13 finals at Suncorp Stadium, winning only 4, however they were 4 of the past 5. He won his only preliminary final at the venue. He has coached against Manly in 6 finals, winning the past 5.
Des Hasler has coached in 5 preliminary finals and won them all. He has never coached a final at Suncorp. He has coached against Souths in 4 finals, losing the past 2. He did win his only preliminary final against them (2012). He also won the 2 preliminary finals he played in, but lost each of the finals he played against Souths (1984) and Wayne Bennett (1993, 1994)
All these numbers are just making me more nervous
>Wayne Bennett has coached in 13 preliminary finals and won 7. He has lost each of the past 3, and 4 of the past 5. **He has coached 13 finals at Suncorp Stadium,**
>Des Hasler has coached in 5 preliminary finals and won them all. **He has never coached a final at Suncorp.**
Is it just me, or is a stadium based finals win/loss record a completely ***useless*** statistic to invoke in regard to predicting tonights outcome?
Neither Manly or Souths are QLD/Brisbane based teams, no NSWelshpeople can cross the border to watch in person either - so zero advantage or disadvantage either way.
Does anyone truly think Des will turn up and think "shit, i'm nervous...i've never coached a final here.."
Only thing I'd say is might indicate seeding. If he was coaching at Suncorp during finals, would that typically have meant Wayne's teams were playing as the higher seed, for example, if under Brisbane, vs lower seed if it were knights or Dragons? So that sense, it's still confusing but with a little more detail a smidge interesting.
Love me some stats.
Funny to think though that we are making assumptions about today’s game based on a match between two sets of dudes who went around in 1957. They got paid in pounds, had a proper job at the same time, a wife who probably had a couple of kids by her mid twenties and was most likely a housewife, and a bloke could be sent to prison if they gave their mate one on the sly.
They had unlimited tackles, three point tries, real man scrums and head highs that would make Latrell smile.
It was, one could say, a different time.
a bloke could be sent to prison if they gave their mate one on the sly.
What does this mean?
Dudes with dudes was verboten
Ah true ty
im cheering for reynolds and benji, the fact they're both in souths jerseys is just an unfortunate circumstance
I hope both teams lose 🙂
Hoping for Souths-Panthers GF.
Manly-Panthers 2nd choice.
I want anyone but Melbourne to win. I'm sick of their dominance
That's what ABS means. Or ABM if you prefer.
Yeah I know I was just agreeing hahha
On one hand you have to admire how professionally they are run.
On the other hand, fuck them.
It's incredible what they've achieved particularly how they've remained a top team after losing 3 all time greats. But also let someone else have a win for once
I guess they missed the 2019 GF. None of the other most recent 5 though.
Legend says if we get another low scoring game Vlandiddly will spontaneously combust
Pffr fat chance, have you seen our edge defence?
it’s gonna be 54-30. i don’t know who wins, but that’s what the score is going to be
He'll live another day then...
Proud of my club, it's been a journey and we gonna keep this shit rollingggggggg GOOOOOO MANLYYYYYY
Let’s get to the GF!!!
go wayne bennett
boo broncos board
Well, It's Groundhog day... again
Not actually sure who I want to win. Wouldn't mind Souths and Storm as it would be a new combination for a grand final.
You just have 40-0 ptsd?
Wasn't really into the NRL back then.
*cough* bandwagon? *cough*
Yeah was totally a bandwagoner when the first full season I watched, Storm competed for the guaranteed wooden spoon. NRL was a lot more difficult to watch on FTA in Melbourne back then, plus I grew up supporting AFL.
Teams winning is a great way to lure in new/casual fans.
I have no shame in admitting I didn’t follow NRL much prior to 2016, and then Cronulla went on that winning run, I watched a couple of games, and was hooked.
Winning the GF sealed it for me, and I’ve been a member and going to games ever since.
It helps that I live in the shire, and am surrounded by like minded fans, and I’ve made some great friends and great memories in the last 5 years purely because I got invested into a local team that had a good run.
And I’m not gonna stop supporting them when they aren’t successful, that to me is what a bandwagon fan is imo
Became a cows fan full time in 04, up till then would go to games more of a social thing, but that run into the finals, the wins against dogs and broncs made me a fan for life.
I know the bandwagon fans, they fall off it when we're going shit, like now.
Exactly with that last point. I've followed Sydney Swans my while life and they've had some really shit patches, they were perennial bottom 4 when I first started.
I think this game will be a blow out one way or the other
Goooo underground burrow dwelling mammal boooo bird
Genuine 50/50 game. The buildup has made it apparent how much Trell is missing from the hype of this game. If he was playing it would be all about Trell v Turbo, would've been amazing hype.
Hope bunnies win but I don't think they can beat the storm in a GF, manly have a chance of beating the storm with Turbo. So I won't be disappointed if Manly win, i.e. I'm sitting right on the fkn fence. Whatever happens hope its a thriller.
You've got it the wrong way round. Rabbitohs would be able to beat us if we both made it to the grand final. Manly would just lose by 40 again.
Mate we played at our absolute worst finals week 1 and got some valuable lessons out of it. Like I said in another thread when two teams play in rd 25 and finals week 1 the loser of rd 25 (or 26 in the past) frequently turn it around and win in finals week 1 (even when dominated in the regular season match). It’s all about the lessons and manly can build some form if we win today (much better than coming off scrappy wins over the bulldogs and cowboys). I don’t think you can write anyone off out of the final 4 teams, penrith included
You'd know all about losing by 40 in a GF wouldn't you.
What's this got to do with my comment?